Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has claimed that Rahul Dravid, the current head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), picked "Australian brains", replicated the style in India to turn young cricketers into match-winners. Incidentally, Dravid was the captain for most of Chappell's tenure as Indian coach (2005 to 2007). The Aussie legend resigned from his post after India were dumped out of the 2007 World Cup in the first round.
Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon has backed Indian counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin over the ongoing controversy related to the pitch in Ahmedabad. There has been a raging debate over the nature of the surface after the India-England pink-ball Test ended in under two days, with spinners from both sides running riot. A number of former England cricketers including Michael Vaughan and Monty Panesar have hit out at India over the pitch prepared for the third Test.
A lot of eyebrows were raised were Suryakumar Yadav was not picked in the T20I squad for the tour of Australia. The 30-year-old has been performing consistently in domestic cricket for a few years now. Also, he has been the backbone of the Mumbai Indians’ middle-order for the last couple of seasons, winning them matches from tense situations. His non-inclusion in the team for Australia led to massive criticism from various quarters in Indian cricket.
Indian captain for the last three Tests in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane has revealed that he watched Sachin Tendulkar’s hundred at Melbourne in 1999 ten 10 times on the eve of last month’s Boxing Day Test. Even before the start of the match, Rahane had a look at the innings 6-7 times. The Indian captain ended scoring a memorable 112 as India won the MCG Test by eight wickets. The win was highly commendable coming in the wake of the embarrassing 36 all out in the first Test at Adelaide.
Indian captain for the last three Tests in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane, gave a pep talk to the team after the famous three-wicket win at the Gabba, which saw India clinch the Test series 2-1. Addressing the team in the dressing room, Rahane described the victory as a major moment for everyone, and put it down to teamwork.
India’s No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara’s father Arvind has revealed that early setbacks in life and massive knocks in domestic and junior cricket have shaped the battle-hardened personality of the cricketer. Although Pujara did not score a hundred on the Australia tour, he played a significant role in blunting the opponents’ attack, facing 928 deliveries and scoring 271 runs with three fifties. At the Gabba, he took multiple hits on the body, but did not flinch.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke feels Australia displayed a negative approach during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which cost them. According to Clarke, the Aussies went down to an injury-ravaged India because they were scared to lose, and did not push hard enough for wins. Despite playing with a relatively inexperienced XI, India managed to defeat Australia by three wickets at the Gabba and clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.
As Rishabh Pant thrashed the low full toss against Hazlewood down the ground, possibly one of greatest series ever played culminated with India emerging victorious. With this win, not only did India break the Aussie’s “invincible at Gabba” tag that they held for 32 years, they also registered their third highest run chase ever, and they also got rid of their Adelaide 2014 demons. The fact that they did it without Kohli, Ishant, Shami, Bumrah, Ashwin and Jadeja makes it even more special.
Stunned after being upset by an inexperienced but resolute outfit at the Gabba, Australia head coach Justin Langer lauded the Indians for their spirited performance. He also stated that Australia learned a harsh lesson from the stinging defeat - never underestimate the tough players from India. The Indians lifted the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 despite losing most of their senior players to injury, and after being rolled over for an embarrassing 36 in the first Test at Adelaide.